Replacing Busted Cabin Lights

Cabin lights not only illuminate the inside of your cabin, it also alerts you of an open door (when set to auto, the lights dim only when all doors are closed). To replace a busted bulb, simply pull the cabin light assembly by applying slight pressure on the appropriate tabs. No tools are needed to remove the cabin light assembly, but it can be very difficult to remove if done incorrectly. The front and rear cabin lights can be removed following the same procedure.

To watch a video showing how to remove the cabin light assembly (front and rear) and replace a busted bulb, head directly to Replacing Cabin Light’s Light Bulb.

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Removing EcoSport’s Antenna

There may be several valid reasons why you would need to remove the stock antenna of an EcoSport: (1) the antenna has been damaged and needs replacement, (2) you plan on replacing it with a fancy non-stock antenna, (3) you have no need for it and plans on installing a shark’s fin instead (antennas can damage car covers, and car covers can damage antennas).

To watch a video on how to remove EcoSport’s stock antenna, head directly to Removing EcoSport’s Antenna.

Related link:
Stock Antenna Modification
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Removing Bumper Scratches

Because of the unique surface characteristics of EcoSport’s plastic bumpers, the only way to completely remove scratches is by repainting it (any attempt to use a polishing agent will lead to more damage). Fortunately, light scratches on the bumper can be hidden effectively (concealed only) following an old trick: using a candle wax.

To watch a video on how to use a candle wax to conceal bumper scratches, head directly to Removing Bumper Scratches.

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Fixing Paint Scratches with Nail Polish

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Removing the Handbrake Panel

Do you feel the need to retrieve the coins that have fallen through the gaps near the handbrake? First let me assure you that those coins will not cause any harm other than making occasional sounds when the car is driven through a pot hole. For other items like food (and other important things), retrieval may be necessary, and the only way to do that is to remove the handbrake panel.

Removing the handbrake panel is also necessary when adjusting the handbrake (removing slack) and inspecting the airbag module (for flooded vehicles).

To watch the video on how I removed the handbrake panel, head directly to Removing EcoSport’s Handbrake Panel.

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Replacing EcoSport’s Engine Air Filter

EcoSport’s service manual recommends engine air filter replacement every 40,000 km. Knowing how to replace the filter will not only save you on maintenance expenses, but also enables you to inspect (or clean) filters regularly.

To replace the engine air filter:
1. Remove the engine air filter’s compartment cover secured in place by four screws.
2. Lift the cover to access the filter.
3. Remove the old filter and replace it with the new one.
4. Replace the compartment’s cover and secure it in place.

To watch the video on how to replace the engine air filter, head directly to Replacing EcoSport’s Engine Air Filter.

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Replacing EcoSport’s Headlight Bulb

Every EcoSport owner must know how to replace the headlight bulbs. Not only that it is unsafe to drive with defective headlights, the law also requires turning the headlights on not later than one-half hour after sunset and until at least one-half hour before sunrise, and whenever weather conditions require—something you cannot comply with if your headlights are defective.

To replace a defective headlight bulb, follow the steps below:

1. Open the hood.
2. Remove the headlight cover.
3. Remove the bulb socket.
4. Remove the bulb (by removing the bulb’s clip).
5. Replace the bulb (H4).
6. Secure the bulb’s clip.
7. Replace the bulb’s socket.
8. Replace the headlight cover.
9. Close the hood.

 

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To watch a video on how to replace a busted headlight bulb, head directly to Replacing EcoSport’s Headlight Bulb.

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Replacing EcoSport’s Fog Light Bulb

Fog lights are very useful in illuminating the road during weather conditions that may hamper visibility, such as heavy rains and fog. It is important to replace busted fog lights as soon as you notice them.

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EcoSport’s fog lights use an H11 halogen bulb. This can be replaced by an H11-compatible LED lamp.

To watch the video on how to replace the fog light bulbs in an EcoSport, head directly to Replacing EcoSport’s Fog Light Bulb.

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Removing the Instrument Cluster

The dashboard panel behind the steering wheel where key information is displayed (such as RPM, speed, fuel level, and other information) is called the instrument cluster. In this video, I’ve demonstrated how to remove the instrument cluster panel, starting with the hidden top screw, and then the two hidden bottom screws.

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This information may be useful in replacing or repairing a faulty instrument cluster panel, or in removing the panel if you plan on painting it to match your choice of interior theme or color.

To watch the video on how to remove the instrument cluster of an EcoSport, head directly to Removing the Instrument Cluster.

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Removing the Signal and Wiper Stalks

In a recent trip to Bicol, I had difficulty switching between high and low beams because of a faulty signal stick (note: the correct term is stalk). In this video, I have demonstrated how to remove the left and right stalk assembly near the steering wheel, to access and clean the switches’ contacts. I have also shown how I tapped onto one of the contacts to convert the trip switch (the switch used to toggle the display) into a high beam flasher switch.

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A simple cleaning of contacts fixed the signal stalk’s problem. Signal stalks under heavy use usually suffer from this problem.

To watch the video on how I removed the left signal stalk and the right wiper stalk, head directly to Removing the Signal and Wiper Stalks.

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Removing EcoSport’s Headlight Assembly

In a recent modification, I had to remove the headlight assembly to gain access to the stock horn.

To watch the video on how I removed the headlight assembly, head to Removing EcoSport’s Headlight Assembly.

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